COLLECTABLE KIRK SMITH BUTTERFLY PENDANT. THIS BEGAN LIFE AS A PIN, AND STILL IS, BUT I HAVE ADDED AN ADAPTOR AS YOU CAN SEE IN THE PICTURE THAT ALLOWS YOU TO JWEAR IT AS A PENDANT ON YOUR OWN NECKLACE. THE NECKLACE IS NOT FOR SALE.KIRK SMITH IS ONE OF THE OLD MASTERS AT THIS STYLE OF JEWELRY. THIS PENDANT IS REALLY STRIKING. IT IS 3.25" LONG BY 2.75" WIDE. THE TURQUOISE STONES (FROM THE NOW CLOSED FOX MINE) ARE PERFECT.
IT WEIGHS 45 GRAMS OR 1.6 OUNCES. THIS CAN ALSO BE WORN AS A PIN. THE GREAT THING ABOUT THIS PENDANT IS THAT IT WILL GO WITH JUST ABOUT ANY NATIVE AMERICAN RING/BRACELETS/BOLOS.
PLEASE NOTE: I SHOW THIS PENDANT ON ONE OF MY OWN NECKLACES--ONLY THE PENDANT IS FOR SALE. ALSO PLEASE NOTE THAT THE TRUE COLOR OF THE FOX TURQUOISE IS MORE GREEN THAN MOST OF THE PICTURES SHOW--THE PICTURES OF IT ATOP THE CHOLLA WOOD ARE MOST ACCURATE AS TO ITS COLOR. IT IS DEFINITELY MORE GREEN THAN BLUE.Surrounding the butterfly are agate, turquoise, lapis, malachite, coral, and mother of pearl. All the stones are beautifully set in a sawtooth bezel set and are trimmed by twisted rope silver.
The back of the piece is signed KS as well sterling. The weight is 45 grams of acid tested sterling silver.Since Kirk's death in 2012 his pieces have become highly collectible. Kirk came from a well known family of silversmiths and he began working with silver as a.
Youngster in the 1960's at his grandfather's workshop. Kirk became an acclaimed artist in his own right by consistently creating investment quality old pawn style jewelry. With heavy silver, detailed craftsmanship and beautiful stones, Smith's pieces won many awards through the years.
Although he changed his style over the years, Kirk remained true to the traditional heavy silver work of the Navajo. At the time of his death, Kirk had surpassed his one-time mentor, the late Harry Morgan, becoming one of the best practitioner of classic revivalist Navajo design. Kirk usually set his jewelry with high-quality stones in vibrant colors with interesting natural matrix patterns.
His pawn finish mimics the appearance and patina of naturally aged sterling silver. Kirk always tried giving back to his people. He taught silver smithing to several other well known silversmiths, including some of the Martinez family, Fred Brown, Dean Brown and Anthony Skeet. He also was one to help many Navajo different families whenever he could.
Kirk Smith was one of the best Navajo silversmiths in recent times. His work was always top quality and he used only the best stones and materials.
Kirk Smith was killed by a drunk driver in an unfortunate tragedy on September 17, 2012. He was only 55 years old and in his prime, both as a jeweler and as an individual. He will be deeply missed by family, friends and Native American Indian jewelry collectors and traders everywhere. REF: 2017.11.18.00014. The item "KIRK SMITH Outstanding HUGE Sterling /Turquoise Pendant /Pin HUGE 3.25 x 2.75" is in sale since Thursday, November 30, 2017.
This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Ethnic, Regional & Tribal\Native American\Necklaces & Pendants". The seller is "peacepipegal8" and is located in Mesa, Arizona.
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